The Silent Twin…by Caroline Mitchell

Posted April 23, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Silent Twin…by Caroline Mitchell

One twins goes missing on a desolate country farm. The other twin stays silent about what happened to her sister. Police officer Jennifer Knight is sent to the home as a family liaison officer. The twins parents both seem as if they could be responsible. Knight uses her police skills and sixth sense to try to find the girl in time. The book was not as spooky as the cover and title led me to believe. (Although there were a few spooky scenes).I found the plot of this book to be somewhat fast paced.  It kept me questioning who did it. Just when I thought I had the mystery of the kidnaper figured out, the storyline would twist and turn. I liked the character of Jennifer Knight and how she is not a  perfect person but is excellent at her job. The conclusion reminded me a little of ‘Dark Places’ because it had a double twist. I found the novel a wonderful ‘who done’ it. It did lag a bit in the middle, for me, but definitely picked up quickly. I also did get a little confused in the police terms and ranks since this book is based in the UK and I am used […]

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Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

Posted April 21, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

When I was about ten or twelve, I remember going to a huge library sale and being so excited to browse and buy so many books at a super low price. So recently I’ve been looking at the http://www.booksalefinder.com website for such a sale in my area. Although there are a few small library sales, in the Central Florida area, there was nothing that was really as amazing as I remember. Then I noticed that the sale for Alachua county (Gainesville) said HUGE next to it on the book sale sight. The Friends of the Library of Alachua County have it’s book sale twice and year, in the spring and fall. Since the spring sale, this year, happened to be on my birthday, I decided I had to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. I talked my mom in to going with me since my husband had to stay home with the kids. My mom and I decided to get there near the beginning, as I absolutely hate the idea of not getting first dibs . We ended up getting there about fifteen minutes after the sale started. Let me tell you that those people who think physical books are a thing of the […]

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry…by Fredrik Backman

Posted April 20, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry…by Fredrik Backman

Elsa is a seven year old girl who is teased for being different at school. Her greatest weapon is her Grandmother. Granny is a wildly excentric and imaginative former doctor. She creates a whole world for Elsa in their fairytale stories. When Granny dies, Elsa feels alone and isolated until she is enlisted by Granny (in a note) to complete a mission to tell those that Granny offended, that she is sorry. I previously had read Fredrik Backman’s book, ‘A Man Called Ove’. Ove is one of my all time favorite books and characters. Beckman’s ability to create lovable older people is absolutely amazing. Elsa, is very cute in  this story. I did love her as a character. Having two seven year olds myself, I did find her overly precociousness and her worldly knowledge rather unbelievable for a seven year old. To me Elsa’s personality is more of a quirky thirty year old.    I didn’t quite find this to be a page turner. It lagged quite a bit in the middle and had many long drawn out descriptions of Granny and Elsa’s fairyland. I did find the story cute and endearing and had a strong message about communities and families. I […]

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The One-In-A-Million Boy…by Monica Wood

Posted April 17, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The One-In-A-Million Boy…by Monica Wood

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A boy scout dies suddenly. His absentee father decides to take on his scout project, assisting a 104 year old women with chores around her home. The elderly woman, Ona, is a  somewhat grumpy but lovable Lithuanian immigrant. Throughout the book, pieces of her life come to the surface . The characters in the novel soon embark on a quest to set Ona up as the Guinness Book of World’s Record’s oldest living driver.    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a charming and bitter sweet story. The odd but gentle boy and Ona form an amazing friendship. The characters were very well developed and likable. I almost expected Ona to be sitting beside me when I looked up from the book.   The novel begins sadly. It lets us know from the beginning that the young boy has died unexpectedly. It then takes on the stories of how the remaining characters move on with their lives. It also incorporates flash backs for the boy’s visits to Ona. This novel uses a combination of scenes from the present, scenes from the past, world record […]

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Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure…by Kara S. Tyler and Illustrated by Sarah Pacetti

Posted April 16, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 3 Comments
Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure…by Kara S. Tyler and Illustrated by Sarah Pacetti

Welcome to the Ninja and Bunny Tour Author Kara S Tyler and Illustrator Sarah Pacetti Today I’m hosting this stunning Children’s Picture Book about two sisters. It’s appropriate for all ages, boys and girls, and will delight parents as well with it’s great message and gorgeous illustrations. Check out my review below and make sure to enter the great giveaway at the end of this post with special prizes that fit the themes of adventure, fantasy, and heroism included in this book.  I read ‘Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure’ with my girls and we loved it. My nine year old daughter decided to read it again to her younger sister. I love that it had fairies and magical elements but still put the characters in roles that are not stereotypical  for girls. They loved the ninja and how she was tough and not afraid. We will definitely be reading more in the series. We give it five stars.   About the Book A children’s tale of imagination and play, of love and loyalty, and of courage and determination. Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is […]

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If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt….by Carole P. Roman

Posted April 14, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt….by Carole P. Roman

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  ‘If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt’ is part of a wonderful series of children’s books that teaches children about cultural diversity. It transports you to various cultures or periods in history and explains how children in that particular time or place live or lived. I was super excited to read these books with my kids. I love learning about other cultures and wanted my kids to love doing the same. They enjoyed learning the Egyptian words for mom, dad, grandmother, and grandfather. They also loved learning about the different type of foods eaten in Egypt.  This series would also be a wonderful teaching tool when traveling to other countries as it shows children children what to they can expect while there. I look forward to reading more of these wonderful books with my kids. I give this book five stars. Rating:📖📖📖📖📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Human: Finding Myself in The Autism Spectrum…by Warren Mayocchi

Posted April 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Human: Finding Myself in The Autism Spectrum…by Warren Mayocchi

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.     I usually don’t read  much non-fiction (especially non-historical    non-fiction) but I was drawn to this book because I wanted to learn more about Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorder. This book is different from most books about Autism because it was actually written by an adult with the disorder. The information within the book was written from his personal knowledge and gained from real world experience. For me this makes this book totally different from books written by medical professionals .    Warren Mayocchi knew he was different from most people his whole life but did not know why. He is constantly using energy to’fake it’ in the real world. As a result his relationships and job performance suffer. This book tells the story of his life with Autism. I think this subject is important because our society concentrates a lot on children with Aspergers/Autism but what about these children when they become adults? What happens to them? Do they have jobs or families?They still have Autism but with a different set of problems. There was not a lot of talk of Autism thirty […]

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Top Ten Books Every Women Born in the 1970’s Should Read

Posted April 12, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 4 Comments
Top Ten Books Every Women Born in the 1970’s Should Read

   This week I decided to take part in The Broke and Bookish Blog’s  top ten Tuesday because today’s topic seemed to be so flexible and fun. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books For Every X To Read. I decided to make mine, ‘Top Ten Books Every Women Born in The 1970’s should read’ (because you know we’re awesome). I am going to make the summaries short and sweet. 1.The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult…This is just a wonderful book with so many layers. A women befriends a older man with a mysterious past.   2. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt…A coming of age novel that takes place in the 1980’s and addresses the topic of HIV. 3. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh…A wonderfully worded book that contrasts the beauty of flowers  with pain and loss. 4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell… Again takes place in the 1980’s when we survived without cell phones and the internet. 5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes… Women becomes a caregiver for a man that has become a quadriplegic.  . 6.The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton… A mysterious garden and lots of secrets. 7. The Nightingale by Kristian Hannah…Two […]

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Revenants:The Odyssey Home…by Scott Kauffman

Posted April 10, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Revenants:The Odyssey Home…by Scott Kauffman

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Against the backdrop of the politics of the Vietnam War , Betsy and her family must somehow come to terms with the death of her brother,Nathan, at the hands of the Viet Cong. When Betsy acts out at school, she is given an ultimatum to work  as a candy stripper at the VA hospital or to be held back a year in school.   It is during her work at the VA that she discovers a mystery WWI vet who is kept secluded in the attic. In her quest to discover his story and where he belongs, she tries to mend her own grieving family’s broken heart.    I am not sure exactly what I expected when I began reading this book. I will honestly admit that I did not understand the meaning of the title or how the cover related to the story line. The reason I was drawn  to the novel was partly because own my dad is a Vietnam Veteran  and partly because I’ve never  read a novel about war from the perspective of the soldier’s family at home.   I […]

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God Pretty in the Tobacco Field…by Kim Michele Richardson

Posted April 4, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
God Pretty in the Tobacco Field…by Kim Michele Richardson

RubyLyn Bishop is a sixteen year old girl living in Appalachian Kentucky in 1969. As a child she was orphaned and taken in by her uncle, Gunner. RubyLyn struggles against her uncle’s strict rules and social norms in the south in  the 1960’s. She pins her hopes and dreams on winning with her tobacco plant at the state fair and taking the prize money and moving out of her hometown of Nameless Kentucky.  This was such a wonderful book for me. It is so hard to find good Southern fiction and even harder to find good Appalachian fiction.  I have never read an Appalachian novel that seemed so genuine before.The author paints a concise portrait of what life was like for those living in small farming towns in the 1960’s.  I could tell instantly the author knew what the heart of Appalachia is like. From the poverty, to the hard work, and even the dialect.  I thought that I was going to be able to predict the outcome of the novel but it surprised me at the end with it’s twists and turns. It did drag a bit in the middle for me and the plot took awhile to fully form but […]

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